Already the richest clubs in Europe, France’s Top 14 clubs are set to become even wealthier after signing a massive new deal for coverage of the Top 14.
The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has put pen to paper on a mammoth new 388 million euro four year contract with Canal+ for the rights to screen the top two tiers of the French domestic league exclusively live from the 2019-20 season.
The deal will be worth 97 million euros per season for the Top 14 clubs, up from the 71 million euros which they receive under the current deal between Canal+ and the LNR.
TV rights for the Top14 have increased remarkably in recent years: the TV rights for the 2013-14 season were worth 31.7 million euros. But the current deal and the upcoming deal reflect the massive popularity of the league and with more quality imports joining every year, the revenues are set to grow and grow.
Following the interest of Quatari based broadcaster BeIn Sport in buying the rights in recent years, Canal+ must pay an increasingly hight price to continue broadcasting the competition.
The LNR released the following statement about the deal:
“This new partnership, with the league’s historic broadcaster, will strengthen the audiovisual exposure and economic development of the Top 14.”
The new deal will only widen the gap between the have and have nots of European rugby.
While the new deal will bring in 75 million pounds across the channel, the Pro 12 deal only brings in a paltry 11 million a year.
The Premiership on the other hand, whilst still being behind the Top 14, aren’t doing too badly: in March of last year, Premiership rugby announced a new six year deal with BT, which was ”a significant increase” on the previous 38 million a year package.
Expect the French and English clubs to continue to dominate European rugby for the foreseeable future.